What does answer to interrogatories mean?
In a civil action, an interrogatory is a list of questions one party sends to another as part of the discovery process. The recipient must answer the questions under oath and according to the case’s schedule.
What if you don’t know the answer to an interrogatory?
If you are unable to answer a specific question because you don’t know or don’t have access to the appropriate information, you must indicate the reasons. You may refer to a previous response when responding to an interrogatory providing the previous response sufficiently answers the later interrogatory.
Are interrogatory answers admissible?
Whether to admit interrogatory answers is within the discretion of the trial court, just as with any other evidence, and a trial court’s refusal to admit such evidence will only be reversed upon a showing of manifest abuse of that discretion.
What objections can a responding party raise to answering an interrogatory?
- 7.1 Irrelevant.
- 7.2 Privilege or Work Product Protection.
- 7.3 Overbroad.
- 7.4 Excessive Number.
- 7.5 Unduly Burdensome, Expensive, or Oppressive.
- 7.6 Vague and Ambiguous.
- 7.7 The Information is Already Known or Equally Available to the Requesting Party.
- 7.8 Speculation or Question Based on an Improper Assumption.
What’s the purpose of interrogatories?
Interrogatories are a discovery tool that the parties can use to have specific questions about a case answered before trial. Interrogatories are lists of questions sent to the other party that s/he must respond to in writing.
How do I respond to a discovery request?
When you respond to a discovery request, you should make sure to do it within the timeframe listed in the discovery request or in the “scheduling order” if the judge issued one. In some cases, the judge will hold a court conference to establish a timeframe for discovery, motions, and the trial.
What happens if the plaintiff does not give me responses to my discovery requests?
If the plaintiff does not respond to the court order, then you can file a Motion to Dismiss and you may win your case. Send a final request. If they do not respond to the final request within 30 days you can send the court an. All of the admissions are deemed as “admitted.”
Are interrogatories important?
Interrogatories are a helpful discovery tool for obtaining written answers to questions directed to your opponent — which you can use to support your claims or defenses in a lawsuit.